Wednesday, February 12, 2014


Because happiness usually can't be bought...

But, sometimes... just can, man.

Hi. Hello!
I have so many things I want to say here. So many things to yammer about, so little time!
I'm working on a big writing project (people, I'm finally writing a non-fiction book!) and I decided a month ago that I was putting myself on house arrest (it's a theme around here) every Wednesday and Friday until it was done. (These are my only 2 writing days.)  (Theoretically.)

And then school was canceled or we had a major event every single Wednesday and Friday since then.

I'm not getting a lot done, but as a wise friend told me, every day I'm just living more of life, adding to the big proverbial pot where all my stories and words are kept.

Last night, I prayed that God would carve a place inside me for his words to land. These things always seem much less profound when it's daylight and I have some Earl Gray and Taco Bell in me, but it still holds true, even without the extra half-asleep melodrama. I'm just needing those words right now, and needing a place for them to fall.

The pot is filling and soon it'll spill. Heaven help me, this snow will probably still be piled up around me like promises kept and broken, but all the same, I'll start writing them down. Some of my words are for you right here, and some will be for a different time and place.

Until then, let's all just keep on living this life we've been given, whatever it happens to be on a given day. Let's keep turning away from the idea that we have much say in any of it, and instead choose to see it as the very thing we need, even when it feels like the opposite.

Some other free happies for today:

Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple 
I'm profoundly addicted to this book. It's my favorite read so far of 2014. (I've read almost 8 books already. Thanks, snow!) I won't trouble you again with my philosophy on books, just consider yourself warned if you fall on the sensitive spectrum of readers. All I can tell you is that I gobbled this one up in 2 days, flat. It was highly entertaining and unusual and, I daresay, spoke to me at one point so poignantly about my faith. It turns out God can find me in a book with the s-word.

The Stanley Clan
Becca is my homegirl. When certain troubles pop up, she's my SOS text message, because she feels like the person most likely to understand, in all the land. But you should get to know her because her prose will send you into a permanent fit of goose bumps. The girls speaks so much truth dressed in so much beauty. She's also my go-to source for new favorite bloggers and reads (like this one), most of whom bend toward issues of justice and poverty.

Shannan + Cory : Our Love Story
I stumbled on this post I wrote last year for Danielle Burkleo. It seems fitting to share it again now, in this, the High Season of Swoonery. For those of you who may have missed it the first time.

Dig this Chick
Hang out with my friend, Nici. She makes me want to pretend to be a hippie some days. We're the same but different. You will love her.

And find tons of other stuff I'm loving for free right here on Pinterest.


  1. Write it, girl! I'm here waiting impatiently for the day. Much love!

  2. YOU ARE WRITING A BOOK! happy happy happy

  3. Woohoo! Sometimes just giving myself a plan helps me get there...Wednesdays and Fridays sound pretty lovely, I hope they go well :) I'll add Bernadette to my list - I've been skeptically eyeing it!

  4. Yay, I can't wait to see what comes from your Wednesdays & Fridays! And Nici, oh how I love her! One of my fave reads & IG follows. xo

  5. Did you hear the Radiolab about genius and creativity and Being a Portal? It was fascinating. (Your late-night prayer reminded me of it.)

  6. Yay for the book! You'll have to come on down to Austin for a book signing!

  7. I want to read that book, but am reading The Story of Beautiful Girl right now. Only one book allowed at a time while I knit a baby blanket for my sister.

  8. So happy to hear your book is officially in the works. Spring has to come sometime, and then you can crank it OUT on those Wednesdays and Fridays. Praying that the words will come!

  9. This may be missing the entire point of your post...but did you get a new couch? :)

    And, of course, yay for the book!

    1. We DID.
      I figured some sleuthy cat would notice. :)
      R took our old one when he moved was high time! Now when we have visitors, more than 2 people can sit down!

  10. You know what's weird? This morning, while in the shower, (where I do my best praying/thinking) I thought of you and immediately thought that you must (MUST) write a non-fiction book. Pronto. And also, Where'd you go, Bernadette was so much fun. Loved it!

  11. Happy you are plugging away on that book : ) Hope you can dig out from the snow soon!

  12. Oh my gosh, I LOVED that book and have recommended it to everyone I know who reads. I also feel ya about the snow days and not being able to write. It's been tough for me, too, but I'm trying to look on the bright side.

  13. Your writing inspires be a better writer and to live each moment fully.

  14. hi, I'm the girl who just went bananas and pinned everything off your homey board. How was I not following you before?! Your writing, blog and style make me happy.

    ps. you better pin something to your home board fast-- you have 666 pins!

  15. Where is the pre-order button?!?! And where do we send writing supplies: tea, crack bark, salsa, maybe some Anne Lamott or Sylvia? Been waiting a few years for this news, precious one. Mainly because I get my own courage from watching you fight for yours. Rejoicing with you.